A booming city aiming for the top 20!
This ancient city of trade is open to the world and has built connections with the South of France and Europe, and is on its way to becoming one of the Top 20 European cities. With the development of an advanced service sector, leading scientific and academic institutions, research activities and a network of innovative companies, Marseille has attracted the regional and international headquarters of major companies focused on projects in numerous sectors.
Based on a diversified economy and high-level skills, Marseille and its region showcase their abilities in the most innovative sectors and now boast 10 centres of economic excellence.
A city on the up
Twenty years ago, the Euroméditerranée project signalled the start of Marseille’s great revival, but the European Capital of Culture year has taken it to the next level. It has led to investment of over 660 million Euros from the public and private sector, enabling Marseille to take its rightful place among the great Euro-Mediterranean cities. The Vieux Port, the J4 and its new cultural venues including the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) and the Villa Méditerranée, as well as the Museum of Decorative Arts and Fashion, the Marseille History Museum and the extended Stade Vélodrome. These are all new venues that highlight Marseille’s cultural and economic vibrancy.
A setting of outstanding natural beauty!
Marseille hosts a unique natural heritage, lit by 300 days of sunshine every year. At the entrance of the city, and only a few minutes’ drive from the Marseille Exhibition and Convention Centre, nature reclaims the upper hand over stretch of 20 km with the Parc National des Calanques. The Parc National des Calanques is France’s tenth national park and was created in 2012. It lies on the edge of an agglomeration with a population of around 1 million, and is the first in Europe to combine land, sea, suburban areas and landscapes that take your breath away!
A doorway to Provence…
Marseille is a starting point for discovering Provence, the most visited region in France, famous for its contrasting landscapes and way of life. Along the coast, take a swim off the calanques and coves. Further inland, explore authentic and colourful places with a uniquely simple pace of life. Provence has everything all in one place!